To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Coucals.
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 16:46:40 +1100
Hi Birding Aussers,

My thanks to Mark Roberts, Andrew Taylor and Allan Lees for replying to my
Coucal enquiry.

My friend has checked HANZAB for me, unfortunately it sheds nothing new over
and above what I have already been able to find. It confirms my premise of
heavy laboured flight: "When disturbed tend to run off through dense ground
cover, but if flushed fly heavily up into bushes with laboured beats of
broad rounded wings, or flop or plunge into cover".

When talking about coucal movements it refers to them being "resident",
"considered sedentary", "no large-scale seasonal movements" but later goes
on to say "Occasional inland records (e.g. at Bingara) show some move long
distances". This is what I started off trying to reconcile in the first
place: how can a bird, by all accounts poorly equipped for moving long
distances, on occasion do so?

I think I am missing something here, better leave me to do some more


Bruce Cox on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

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